Dozens of people are reported killed in an explosion at an industrial gas plant in south-eastern Nigeria.
A truck is said to have exploded as it was off-loading butane cooking gas in the town of Nnewi in Anambra State.
Local police have confirmed the incident but have yet to provide further details. A huge fire reportedly followed the blast.
The dead and injured were taken to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi which has a predominantly Christian community.
Witnesses said people had gone to the plant to fill up gas bottles ready to cook meals on Christmas day.
A reporter for Associated Press counted the remains of 100 bodies.
Another witness told the Vanguard newspaper that the blast was triggered when a truck began discharging cooking gas without waiting for the mandatory cooling time.
Passersby were also caught up in the explosion, the newspaper reported.
Witnesses described a huge fire with acrid black smoke hovering over the scene of the disaster.